W1IXIA3I VOX HU:,IBOLI*T.
did iiot. therefore, cease to take an Iiitarest in ihe
sofairs of Ills country or r-hw progress cf humaidty;
but Ms labours were ail directed to .science and art.
He could, at the time, live quite accoraing to
Ms taste, free from forms and demands Trldeh politics
make, and could therefore display the amiable part
of his character more plainly, and close the .sphere of
his life in cheerfully-calm domestic happiness.
And Hiimbolut did not turn Ms attention entirely
from matters aSecticg life. In an
" On the Duw of an Historian/* lie a
conception of history,
historical pMlas0phy9 which, until then,
existed. But he devoted himself principally to com-
parative studies, and to the philosophy of languages.
He submitted the results of Ms inquiries gradually in
various meetings to the Royal Academy of Sciences
in Berlin, He comprehends whole quarters of the
world, with their languages^ in these studies, bnt fixes
them at last on the island group of Polynesia, and. on
the combination of Ms investigations on the
and the tmiversa! nature of language,
left the fruit of these in three quarto
volumes. But all this not fill up the rich con-
tents of the last years of Ms life. He is active for
art in the most extended of the word, gives
reviews of the coryphees of German literature, with.
whom, lie has been so long and. so intimately connected.
And finally, the poetical genius also. In
a of sonnets, as in a diary;, lie recorded,
the serious leelings of Ms
These leisure "be divided into por-
tions,,—that preceding and succeeding the of
his wife. The portion he devoted to a ex-
tended study of the social
tual amusements of the town. He fired ia Berlin
during the winters, the in
Tegel? sometimes on Ms in in
Biirgtimer,, or on MB
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